- Posted by Sanderson Lincoln
- On November 30, 2016
At Sanderson Lincoln, we pride ourselves on our customer service. Part of serving the community is educating our customers about the cars they purchase. There’s more to know about cars than just mileage and horsepower. Part of car ownership is being knowledgeable about standard operation and safety. Here are five facts every car owner should know.
Five Things Every Car Owner Should Know
- How effective modern safety features are: Cars are becoming safer every year with improvements to body design, brakes, and airbags, among other things. Want proof? The average automobile fatality rate has dropped by nearly 80 percent over the last 50 years. In 2011, 32,310 people died in automobile-related accidents. If cars were only as safe as they were in 1962, more than 180,000 people would have died. That’s roughly the population of Springfield, Missouri.
- Why you should always wear a seatbelt: Seatbelt use has risen sharply with 87 percent of drivers and passengers buckling up by 2014. To compare, the usage rate was roughly 14 percent in the 1970s. This increase in usage plays a part in improved automotive safety numbers, so always buckle up.
- How sensitive tires can be: Most of the surface area on the average tire does not even touch the road. The parts that touch the road at any given moment add up to only 100 square inches divided across four tires. That’s less than a square foot. So always take care of your tires and replace them when necessary because even minor damage can be dangerous. Also, learning how to check tire pressure is a useful skill. Having too much or too little air can be dangerous.
- What should be in a glove box: While many drivers use their glove box as a storage space for random items, there are certain things that should always be kept in it. These include a flashlight, first aid kit, vehicle registration, and proof of insurance.
- How to talk to a mechanic: When explaining automobile issues, it’s important to be detailed and concise. A simple ‘‘it’s broken’’ doesn’t explain much to a mechanic and can even slow down repairs. Be descriptive and when describing problems remember the basics – who, what, when, why and how. The ability to describe what’s going on allows a mechanic to narrow down possible causes.
There’s more to car ownership then remembering to fill the tank with gas. Aside from the above tips, always remember to buy your cars from a professional dealership.
At Sanderson Lincoln, we strive to be the best of all dealerships in Arizona and we base our business on putting the customer first and making sure everyone who buys from us is treated with respect. We want to be your dealership. Call us today to learn more about our services and be sure to ask about our current inventory.